A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Address
200 E King Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Telephone
(919) 732-8126
Website

Orange County Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
52%
Percent Proficient - Math
49%
Average Graduation Rate
88%
Average SAT
1170
228 responses
Average ACT
26
125 responses
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Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
7,565
Free or Reduced Lunch
42.2%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$41,151
Teachers in First/Second Year

Finances

Total Expenses
$77,923,000
Expenses Per Student
$11,477/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    60%
  • Support Services
    36%
  • Other
    3%

Orange County Schools Reviews

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Orange County Public Schools are very unique. They have a very developed STEM program and do have interesting classes for people who wish to go into the computer sciences field, however their performing arts program is lacking. There is little funding and excitement within the performing arts field. Furthermore the level of discrimination in the schools is astounding. There is open discrimination against minorities in these schools, and many of them have only recently gotten a GSA. In fact, at CW Stanford Middle School, the administration has banned the GSA students from doing things in public that show that CW Stanford has a GSA. In all, Orange county Public Schools has a good Science programs, but needs to improve their performing arts programs, and work harder to fight discrimination.
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I attended Cedar Ridge High School in the Orange County School system for my Junior and Senior years. I have had very few issues with OCS aside from fulfilling my credit requirements for graduation, a problem which was attendant to my moving to North Carolina, which is a Common-Core State. The teachers and academics at CRHS are excellent, with a comprehensive AP program, as well as an IB program.
There are a multitude of clubs and groups to join, and it is also relatively easy to form a new club. I was a member of the Model UN club, and my friends and I established the Cedar Ridge Chemistry Club. The sports are fairly good, though we haven't won many titles in recent years.

All in all, it's been a pretty good place to go to high school.
I attended a private school from kindergarten to eighth grade. I wanted to attend public school for a true high school experience. Orange High School gave me a more realistic view of our states socioeconomic range. My overall experience was great. I was accepted to UNC-CH and Clemson, my two top choices. I think students can get an excellent education at OHS if they are willing to put in the work and take the hard classes, but there seems to be a lack of motivation with some students that are very capable. It would be helpful if all teachers understood how to engage their students and help them want to learn. Not all teachers have that gift. I love the athletics at OHS. It is an extension of social interaction and bringing the school together in a positive way.